That's where the heritage of this great whiskey starts, but it's far from where it ends. It is an 8-year, small batch bourbon and the rye recipe keeps the flavor strong and dry for those who drink a lot of scotches, but like all bourbons keeps its dark honey-brown color and finishes smooth. Speaking of honey, I think I caught a note of honey, along with cinnamon, pepper and just the tiniest hint of vanilla. In my laymen's terms I think I would describe this as a transitional bourbon between the sweeter, wheat bourbons like Maker's Mark, and the drier, lighter-in-color scotches that leave the weak crinkling their face as it bites their palate.
I had a hard time finding this bourbon at first, out in San Diego, but I soon remembered a small liquor store near SDSU called Keg N Bottle. Below are a couple of photos of their wall of majesty, a.k.a. their whiskey selection.
It's reasonably priced, but it's more of a premium than a value. Keep in mind this is San Diego and it was a small liquor store, but I paid around $40 for it. Still not bad for a rich, complex and smooth bourbon straight from Bardstown, KY.
Kill... the Ghost... that hides... in your soul, rock 'n roll....
Doctor Alibi is another great song on Slash's 2010 compilation album (called, creatively, "Slash"). Lemmy Kilmister's raspy voice matches the crunch on the guitar and the almost choppy but steady rhythm. As I've mentioned before, I recommend Spotify for listening to music, but you can also YoutTube, or iTunes if you like pain.
I'll be trying to write more "guitarist and bourbon pairings". It was a great concept given to me by family, and I hope I can mold it into something interesting, unique, and enjoyable, like a slightly chilled glass of 1792 and some Slash guitar riffs.
Two last-minute thoughts: If you like scotches, try Red Breast. It's a smooth, cinnamon-y and spicy whiskey. And you may recognize the song "By the Sword" on "Slash".